Programs for families impacted by school closures

Worried about caring for your kids when local teachers hit the picket lines as part of one-day strikes taking place across the province? The City of Markham is offering day camps and drop-in programs on a first-come, first-served basis.

The York Region District School Board elementary schools are slated to be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 and York Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools are scheduled to be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Activities like adventure camp, a basketball clinic, crafts, family movies, Lego camp, sports camp, STEAM activities and storytime will be offered at city facilities on those dates for children ages four to 17 years. Visit markham.ca/schoolclosures for a complete list of programs and important information for parents.

The City says it will closely monitor the strike situation and will increase participation numbers and programming or cancel programs depending on the situation. Fees will be refunded with no penalty should schools remain open.

Teachers are seeking a salary increase tied to the cost of living or about two per cent a year. The provincial government has already passed legislation capping public sector raises at one per cent a year. The province has announced financial support to families for childcare during school closures due to a strike. Visit ontario.ca/SupportforParents or call the Helpline at 1-888-444-3770 for information about eligibility and how to submit an application.

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